“Bring forth fruits meet for repentance!” (Mat.3:8)
True repentance is not just being sorry, it is “metanoia”, Greek for a COMPLETE CHANGE of heart, mind & direction!
Many people are always being sorry but never really changing–like King Saul! Poor Saul never learned! He apologised & was sorry many times, but he never repented, he never changed, he never turned & went the other way! Saul would break down & weep before the prophet, & he would break down & weep before David, but he didn’t weep because he was repentant, he wept because he was sorry he was being CAUGHT! (1Sam.15:24-30) He wept because he was sorry over losing the kingdom, but he didn’t really CONFESS & FORSAKE his sin, the evil root beneath the outer show. (Pro.28:13)
Though King David also committed great sins, he had a great repentance–a genuine true change, & therefore God had a great forgiveness for him. He sought God’s heart. (Psa.51) He really loved the Lord & he really wanted to glorify God & to please Him! In spite of all his sins & mistakes & blunders, the Lord loved David because he was willing to fight & die for Him!–And David went on to do a job for God in SPITE of all his sins!